Glaucoma Treatment in Hudson

Glaucoma Treatment in Hudson

Don’t Let Glaucoma Rob You of Your Sight

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What Is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness.

It's caused by fluid build-up and increased pressure within the eye that damages the optic nerve that progressively worsens your vision. This disease can cause severe, irreversible vision loss if left untreated.

In many cases, appropriate control and treatment can help prevent further damage to the eyes and protect your vision. Christenson Vision Care offers several treatments to help address glaucoma. Learn more about the treatments we provide and contact us to schedule an appointment.

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The 2 Main Types of Glaucoma

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  • Open-angle glaucoma: the most common type. It is a lifelong condition that accounts for at least 90% of all glaucoma cases.
  • Angle-closure glaucoma: a rare form of the disease which requires immediate medical attention. It occurs when the angle is closed in many or most areas between the iris and cornea, which reduces fluid drainage and increases eye pressure.

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For children under ten, please schedule with our pediatric doctor, Dr. Micki Flynn.


Glaucoma: The Sneaky Thief of Sight

There is a reason glaucoma is called “the sneaky thief of sight”--half the people with glaucoma don’t even know they have it! Meaning, they may not have symptoms in the early stages.

At Christenson Vision Care, we diagnose and help preserve your vision with cutting-edge glaucoma treatments that can slow the progression of the disease.

If you have a family history of glaucoma or have been diagnosed with glaucoma, contact us today.

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What are the Signs of Glaucoma?

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As mentioned earlier, glaucoma usually shows no symptoms in its early stages. When signs do manifest, it's usually loss of tunnel vision or peripheral vision. Unfortunately, by the time vision loss has occurred, it cannot be reversed.

That said, the less common angle-closure glaucoma does show a sudden onset of symptoms, including:

  • Extreme eye pain
  • Eye redness
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea

If you experience any of these symptoms, seek prompt diagnosis and treatment by contacting Christenson Vision Care in Hudson or visiting your nearest emergency room.


Who's at Risk for Glaucoma?

  • Age 40 +

    The prevalence of glaucoma increases with age, with most glaucoma patients aged 40 and up. That said, there is a much rarer form of this disease (congenital glaucoma) that affects infants.

  • Family History & Ethnicity

    Your risk for developing glaucoma is higher if you have a family history of the disease. Those of African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American, and Indigenous Canadian descent have a higher risk of developing this disease.

  • Other Conditions

    High myopia, hypertension and diabetes can increase the risk of developing glaucoma.

  • Eye Injury or Trauma

    An eye injury, trauma or eye surgery can increase the likelihood of developing glaucoma.


Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment in Hudson

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
  • May. 27 Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Spectera
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

Common Glaucoma Treatments

There is currently no cure for glaucoma. However, several treatments are available to prevent the progression of this sight-robbing condition. With the right care, you have a higher chance of managing your glaucoma and preserving your vision.

Common treatments include:

Eye Drops

Your optometrist will prescribe eye drops to help regulate pressure inside the eye by decreasing fluid production and/or improving drainage.

Laser Surgery

If eye drops aren’t doing enough to reduce intraocular pressure or intraocular temperature in open-angle glaucoma, laser surgery may be an option. Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) opens up the drainage system in the eye to reduce pressure.

SLT is successful in 80% of cases and can reduce eye pressure by 20%.

Other Surgeries

If a laser procedure or eye drops do not lower eye pressure to the desired level, your eye doctor may recommend one of the following surgeries:

  • Incision Surgery
  • Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS)
  • Glaucoma Drainage Implants
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- May. 22, 2024
Friendly and professional care. Great clinic.
- Apr. 23, 2024
Friendly, helpful staff. Dr. Griffin Christenson took the time to explain all the tests and results... .
- Apr. 13, 2024
Dr. Flynn was thorough in the eye exam and easy to talk to about any concerns. The support staff was... friendly and not pushy with glasses purchase.
- Apr. 10, 2024
I have challenging eye issues, Christenson has really taken the time to help me. They are patient, k... nowledgeable and professional. They are also wonderful with young children. If I could give them 10 stars, I would.
- Mar. 18, 2024
Great doctors that listen and care! The front office staff are cheerful and helpful.
- Mar. 11, 2024
Staff are very friendly, outgoing, and the doctors know what they are doing, very personable and the... y don't sugar coat anything. All the staff listen to your needs and take very good care of anyone who walks in.
- Jan. 25, 2024
The staff here is incredible and my exam was very thorough and informative.
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- Jan. 12, 2024
Everyone was friendly and the whole experience was fast and easy due to the awesome staff!
- Dec. 21, 2023
My family has been seeing Dr. Christenson for decades - yes, decades and could not be happier with h... is service. He even came in to assist with an eye emergency on the weekend. His staff are great too! I would recommend him for your eye cares!
- Dec. 05, 2023
Every one listened to my concerns and were able to come up with a solution and game plan moving forw... ard.
- Sep. 30, 2023
Excellent staff. Totally trust in the care I receive for my eyes here.
- Sep. 12, 2023
Everyone here is fantastic, they really know how to take care of someone.
- Sep. 07, 2023
Dr. Garth Christenson is so intelligent, professional and personable on top of all that! I trust hi... m with my eye care totally. His attention to every detail is amazing!
- Sep. 01, 2023
Dr. Flynn listened to my concerns and took the time to diagnose my daughters eye condition after we ... went in for a second opinion because Associated Eye care treated my daughter for months and didn’t listen to me when I expressed my concerns about the treatment not working. Come to find out it was a completely different condition all together! We are very grateful for the referral and will continue to refer others! Couldn’t be happier with our experience. The staff is all amazing, helpful, and kind. 5/5 stars, 10/10! Thank you CVC 🙂
- Aug. 10, 2023
Always professional, courteous and thorough!
- Jul. 27, 2023
Have been coming here practically my entire life! Brought my son to get his first pair of glasses an... d the team there made it a breeze. Everyone so kind and caring!
- Jun. 16, 2023
I came to the clinic without an appointment with a vision problem. The staff treated me courteously,... squeezing me into a time slot where there was none. Dr. Flynn gave me her undivided attention and full, attentive care, regardless of the time I took up. This is how a superb doctor's office operates.
- Jun. 16, 2023
CVC Doctors have expert knowledge, the staff offers great service and pricing is competitive. My eye... exams are extremely thorough with detailed explanations. I feel at ease as CVC guides my journey for healthy eyes for a lifetime!
- May. 31, 2023
Christenson Vision Care has the very best Dr's and all the staff genuinely care about each person. E... xcellent in every way! From amazing glasses selection, professionalism, kindness, care and assistance -- they are exemplary.

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Glaucoma Testing Treatment FAQs

How does an eye doctor diagnose glaucoma?

Since glaucoma has no side effects early on, it is essential for people with a family history of risk factors for glaucoma to get tested. The following tests diagnose glaucoma:

  • Tonometry: measures the pressure inside the eye (intraocular pressure or IOP)
  • Ophthalmoscopy (dilated eye exam): examines the shape and color of the optic nerve
  • Perimetry: measures your field of vision
  • Gonioscopy: checks the angle where the iris meets the cornea
  • Pachymetry: determines the thickness of the cornea to better evaluate eye pressure.
What foods should you avoid if you have glaucoma?

The following are the foods every glaucoma patient should consider avoiding immediately. It should help keep your optic nerve healthy and minimize eye pressure.

  • Caffeine - certain studies show that caffeine contributes to increased intraocular pressure.
  • Saturated fats - a diet high in saturated fats can lead to weight gain, which not only increases intraocular pressure but also cholesterol levels.
  • Trans fats - try to limit your consumption of trans fats because they can also raise cholesterol levels
  • Salt - make sure to consume salt sparingly, as increased blood pressure can indirectly lead to intraocular pressure.
What percentage of glaucoma patients go blind?

About 60% of patients diagnosed with glaucoma will eventually lose some vision.

However, the rate of legal blindness among glaucoma patients is 5%. Getting effective treatment early on will greatly increase your ability to preserve and maximize your vision.


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Don’t lose sight of your future.

With early detection and treatment, glaucoma can be controlled.

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